Story originally published in 2017 edition of Quiver yearbook
Students who wish to challenge their intellect can do so by taking one—or several—of the AP and Dual Credit classes offered.
“I’m trying to get a head start on college and make sure I’m prepared for my future. The classes [I take] are more difficult than I’m used to, but there’s not as much homework because you learn a lot more in class,” Madison Rigg (10) said.
For students taking higher-level classes while participating in extracurricular activities, the opportunity to study can be challenging.
“I am on the dance team, so I always make sure to take a study hall. That helps a lot. You have to force yourself to get into a routine [of making time for homework and activities],” Paige Kotecki (11) said.
Through study hall and resource periods, students can dedicate time in and out of school for their education.
“I believe that any student taking AP classes needs to take a study hall. Taking a study hall gives them the opportunity to finish homework for other classes, so they have more time to focus on their AP classes,” Tyler Good (11) said.
Although some students believe that AP and Dual Credit classes have a more rigorous curriculum, others feel that they are not much of a challenge.
“[AP and Dual Credit classes] aren’t as bad as some people think they are. They’re harder, but you learn a lot more,” Rigg said.
The higher-level classes have the possibility of opening doorways to future career paths in the subjects students take.
“I find [the classes I take] interesting, which makes them easier to learn. I either want to be a psychiatrist, which has to do with psychology, or I want to be a real estate agent and own my own estate agency, which would [involve] strategic marketing and business,” Kotecki said.
Although there are a lot of benefits to these higher level classes, a lot of time is put into the courses, thus limiting time for other personal activities.
“Since I’m in dual credit and AP classes, I’ve had to make some sacrifices. I get a lot of homework, so I sometimes have to spend my nights doing [homework] rather than going out with my friends. It’s not the best to have to say no, but they understand because they are in similar situations. It’s all about learning how to find the balance between school, work and friends. I know it will help me get into the school I want,” Erika Araujo (11) said.
Some students challenge themselves even further when faced with scholarships.
“I really want to try to get a full-ride scholarship for college based on the fact that my mom challenged me to, and I am very competitive person and I like to get myself out there,” Kotecki said.